Monday, April 25, 2016

Girls Rugby – Hawks defeat Vulcan, Flyers blank Hawks

Josh Davis

On Thursday April 21 Pincher Creek's Girls Hawks rugby team hosted Fort Macleod's F.P. Walshe Flyers at the Sproule field in Pincher Creek. The Flyers gained ground early in the SV game, winning 17–0 in spite of the valiant effort by the Hawks. Hawks #12 Rebecca Lowry put in a lot of work that game, making good defensive plays and coming very close to making a try. Things went better for the JV Hawks. Hayley Williams and Taylor Fiest led the way for their 27-19 win by scoring two tries each.

Hawks Coach Randy Whitehead said that the senior girls made “mental mistakes” in the first half of their game. “First half we were mentally not in it. We were not in the positions we were supposed to be in, and we were not running up on the ball. In the second half I was a bit more pleased with our girls, because our defense was better, and we were trying to break that gain line by running more at pace.” Whitehead said that they were having handling issues throughout the game. “We were dropping it lots.” He also most of his senior line-up are regulars who have played a couple of seasons. “We’ve got some experience there.” However, he’s not too discouraged by the results of the game. “Some days that’s just the way it is. Hopefully we can rebound and get ready for Vulcan next week. Fort Macleod and us is a pretty evenly matched game. They just made less mistakes than we did, and that’s what it came down to.”

The Hawks won their previous away game in Vulcan 29-12. They are next scheduled to play another away game in Vulcan on April 27, followed by a home game on May 5 against Taber to start at 5:30 pm at Sproule.

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